Backpacks and weighted vest add additional element for athlete’s workout experience for building higher fitness levels and conditioning. If you are a beginner, you should start with 10% body weight and then go up from there slowly. This can help you strengthen your core muscles and avoid back injuries.
Here are some Benefits
If you are using lighter vests, it will boost your muscular endurance and aerobic fitness. However, as you increase the weight it will increase power and strength, which is necessary for cardio movements.
Weighted vests and backpacks can carry upto 100 pounds of weight, it all depends on how much weight you are willing to use for workout experience. The heavier weights are more popular among personal involved in military and firefighting, as they have to work with extremely heavy weights. To add weight, you can use different materials like weighted plated, sand, books, gravel, or household objects. One important factor while adding weight is the limiting factor, only use the amount of weight that you can easily carry.
When it comes to comfort, weighted vests are much more comfortable than backpacks especially when you want to pack them with added weight. Secondly, they perfectly distribute the weight on your entire body. Whereas, in case of a backpack, all the weight is focused on your back and you will have to lean forward to carry it, which makes it a very uncomfortable workout experience.
Suitability is extremely important feature of weighted vests and backpacks. Normally, weighted backpacks are used while jogging, walking, and climbing. But they can cause problems as soon as you change your body position or introduce changes in direction. However, weighted vests are closely attached to your body and don’t move much when moving extensively and in various directions. If you are into more demanding workouts, it is advised to use vest.
You can buy a good quality weighted vest around $40-$200, the cost rises with the increase of weight and type of material used for filling.
A weight vest might cost you a little bit more but it offers much more in terms of comfort and versatility.